Machesney Park Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Machesney Park

April 15, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Machesney Park is a village located in Winnebago County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,499 at the 2010 census, up from 20,759 in 2000. Machesney Park is a suburb of Rockford, Il and is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Machesney Park

1. Pig Minds Brewing Co.

4080 Steele Dr, Machesney Park, IL 61115-8358 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 4 - SGD 16 +1 779-423-2147
Excellent
59%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 81 reviews

Pig Minds Brewing Co.

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Reviewed By BobMichigan - Michigan

Traveling through on our way home from several days in Missouri on the Katy Trail.
We needed a quick bite, the weather was closing in so we found this place and were quite surprised. We didn't know it was COMPLETELY VEGAN, not our usual fare, ( we are dyed in the wool carnivores ). I ordered their sweet hot Brussels sprouts and my wife had a Pig Mind burger, we shared some hummus of the day too. Both the beers were good and the food was excellent, though I did miss that edge that you only get with meat grilled at high temperatures.

We would definetly come back if we were nearby, just for something different, oh, and did I mention the beers were good ?

2. Starbucks

1377 W Lane Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115-1621 +1 815-654-2563
Excellent
30%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
14%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By frugaltraveler7147 - Terre Haute, Indiana

I went here around 8:30 am only to find a line out the door. I stood in line for about 5 minutes and the line never moved. Thus, I left. We passed by again and it was crowded once again with the line barely moving. There was no drive thru either. They need to work on speed.

3. By The Dozen Bakery

8324 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115-2470 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards SGD 26 +1 815-636-0668
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

By The Dozen Bakery

Reviewed By IL-Snowbirds - Rockford

This bakery is without a doubt the best bakery in the Rockford area. Not only is it great for cookies, cakes, and donuts, but it also provides treats for pets AND does cakes for weddings and other special occasions. It's been around for years and we hope it continues to be!

My daughter and I both had our wedding cakes made here. We also had special cupcakes made for her baby shower. She recently had a cake made for a wedding shower for her girlfriend. I still remember the Christmas cake we ordered when my daughter was a little girl that had snowflakes decorating the cake made out of spun sugar! All tasted FABULOUS!

My husband loves donuts so we have one at least once a week for breakfast. We usually go here because the donuts are so WONDERFUL! I always have the "puddin' donut", i.e. the Bavarian cream-filled Bismark with chocolate frosting (TO DIE FOR) and my husband usually has a "junky donut" like the Chop Suey. We also have a small cup of coffee (more like medium) with one of several selections of cream or a dairy creamer.

The place is always decorated "to the nines" and there are always lots of theme-related items such as birthdays, holidays or sports. The place is also inexpensive. For the 2 delicious generous donuts mentioned above and 2 cups of coffee, it's a little over $5.

There are several tables in the bakery to sit and have your donut. They are usually filled in the morning with locals enjoying a visit. If you've never been here, you're really missing a treat!

4. Beef-A-Roo

4601 Adamson Ln, Machesney Park, IL 61115-7100 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-633-5130
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Beef-A-Roo

Reviewed By megturley - Machesney Park, Illinois

This is a great place for food variety and fries! We love their cheese fries and sweet potato waffle fries. Service can be a bit slow but at least that means they are cooking your food as you wait! Wish they had better desserts though.

5. Chili's Grill & Bar

1510 W Lane Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115-1903 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Mexican, American, Southwestern, Pub Dinner, Lunch SGD 26 +1 815-282-8805
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Chili's Grill & Bar

Reviewed By MamaGX4 - Illinois

Sat at the bar for a solo lunch. Bartender was friendly and efficient. Helpful in explaining some entree choices. Chain restaurant food can sometimes be so-so. But my dual choice Mexican beef tostada and enchilada were good. A nice added touch was a slice of avocado without incurring an up charge. Only picky complaint was the tostada was half cold. Half warm. A more consistent heating procedure would have made this review a five. But again quick tasty and a good value

6. Gill's Diner

7834 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115-2870 Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Diner, American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 815-633-2196
Excellent
48%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Gill's Diner

Reviewed By Donald P - Machesney Park

Stopped by Gill's Diner after church and found the restaurant to be packed. There were 3 party's ahead of us, but got seated very quickly. The waitress was very pleasant and helpful. Our order was taken quickly and served in a reasonable amount of time. Food was very good, price reasonable, and service excellent. We plan on returning often.

7. 3-B's Cafe

7007 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115-3700 Waitstaff +1 815-282-5974
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

3-B's Cafe

Reviewed By MizzRae - Machesney Park, Illinois

The 3-B's is a great hometown Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant. They have a good variety on their breakfast menu that you can order from any time. You can have breakfast for lunch! They also have a good variety of tasty sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads. The burgers and patty melts have a generous portion of meat. You will NOT go home hungry! Very affordable food with a hometown atmosphere!

8. Sam's Ristorante

1031 Harlem Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115-2517 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery Pizza, Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 815-633-2686
Excellent
65%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By Christie S - Roscoe, Illinois

We were looking for a nice place to go or xmas eve for dinner-this place on Riverside happened to be open-we have had pizza at the sams in rockton which is very good, but this restaurant has a nice cozy bar and eating area-I normally don't get steaks because no one compares to my husbands ribeye, but hands down-I ordered medium & it was so juicy & tasty-I then had salad/bread & the pasta, everything was wonderful & the service was great-owner even came to ask how it was-I promised him a review because honest I am! Can hardly wait to go back!!

9. GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery

6795 E Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL 61114-4429 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 8 - SGD 33 +1 815-316-3473
Excellent
56%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 357 reviews

GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery

Kitchen & bakery are open until midnight every day and we serve breakfast until 4PM everyday. Wood Fire Pizza-Burger-Steaks-Seafood-Crepes-Pasta-Oysters-Cakes-Pies-Cupcakes-Craft Beers-Wine Juice and Coffee Bar. GreenFire's dishes are cooked in our wood burning and state of the art brick fire Woodstone ovens! We have no microwaves, no grill tops, stoves or deep fryers. Only the freshest and the best ingredients for our guests. GreenFire is a bustling American contemporary farm restaurant. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner focusing on simple, seasonal cuisine. Seasonal cooking classes & demonstrations.We are kids friendly, we have a children menu and kids love the restaurant. Many children ask their parents to bring them back. They love watching the wood fire and seat at the chefs counter. Chef and owner Philippe Forcioli brings you the worlds best foods from some of the best kitchens around the world. Jean-Georges NYC, Cipriani Venice, Cafe Patou and the famed Orient Express train to name a few.

Reviewed By Lynz D - Madison, Wisconsin

I am glad that my sister and I stopped here on a trip to Rockford because the food was very tasty and fresh. We both had a chicken breast with seasoning (chipotle for me and garlic blend for my sister) and a double serving of vegetables which included golden beets (unique and yummy), broccoli, green beans, and shredded Brussel sprouts. Our waitress Sherry was vey friendly, helpful and attentive to our needs, we both recommend.

10. Toni's Pizza and Italian Bakery

6941 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115-3705 Italian, Pizza +1 815-282-6262
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By CaitPenn - Rockford, Illinois

This is our favorite local pizza place... has excellent pizza, great flavor and seasoning, great toppings, good prices, and always friendly on the phone. The dining area is tiny, but we always do take out or delivery. Highly highly highly recommend.

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